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United States v. An Easement and Right-of-Way Over 6.82 Acres of Land

United States District Court, M.D. Tennessee, Nashville Division

July 25, 2019

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA upon the relation and for the use of the TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY, Plaintiff,
v.
AN EASEMENT AND RIGHT-OF-WAY OVER 6.82 ACRES OF LAND, MORE OR LESS, IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TENNESSEE, and COVINGTON FARMS, INCORPORATED, a Kentucky Corporation, Defendants.

          Jill E. McCook (TN BAR 033813), Lane McCarty (TN BAR 028340), James S. Chase (TN BAR 020578), TVA GENERAL COUNSEL'S OFFICE Attorneys for Plaintiff

          James W. Fisher, Jr. (BPR 012412) Attorney for Defendant Covington Farms, Incorporated

          JUDGMENT AND ORDER DISBURSING FUNDS

          ALETA A. TRAUGER, U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE

         This action came on to be considered, and it appears to the Court, as evidenced by the signatures below, that the parties have agreed to resolve this action as hereinafter provided.

         Plaintiff has deposited with the registry of this Court the sum of $78, 475, plus any accrued interest thereon less the applicable registry fee, the disbursement of which is provided for in paragraphs 2-3 below.

         It is, therefore, ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that:

         1. Defendant Covington Farms, Incorporated, shall recover of the Plaintiff $78, 475 as full compensation for the taking of the land herein condemned.

         2. On June 22, 2018, the Court disbursed $48, 475 plus all interest earned, less the registry fee on said interest, by check made payable to Covington Farms, Incorporated, a Kentucky Corporation (Doc. 20). Pursuant to the Court's Order of Disbursement (Doc. 20), such payment shall be credited against the final award in this action of $78, 475.

         3. The Clerk of this Court is authorized and directed to draw a check on the remaining funds on deposit in the registry of this Court in the amount of $30, 000, plus any accrued interest thereon less the applicable registry fee, payable to Covington Enterprises, Inc., in full satisfaction of this Judgment and Order Disbursing Funds (Judgment), and to mail said check to James W. Fisher, Jr., Esq., 3129 Hawthorn Drive, Clarksville, Tennessee 37043, in full satisfaction of this Judgment and Order Disbursing Funds (Judgment).

         4. The vesting of title in the United States of America, free of all liens, claims, and encumbrances, as evidenced by the Declaration of Taking filed herein on November 22, 2017 (Doc. 2), is hereby fully and finally confirmed with respect to the following-described property, said description being the same as in Attachment 1 to the Declaration of Taking filed herein (Doc. 2-1):

Permanent easement and right-of-way, consisting of the perpetual right to enter and to erect, maintain, repair, rebuild, operate, and patrol lines of transmission line structures with sufficient wires and cables for electric power circuits and communication circuits, and all necessary appurtenances, including guy wires, in, on, over, and across said right-of-way, together with the perpetual right to clear said right-of-way and keep the same clear of structures (including but not limited to flagpoles, solar panels, buildings, signboards, billboards), trees, brush, stored personal property, and fire hazards, to destroy or otherwise dispose of such trees and brush; to prevent the drilling or sinking of wells within the right-of-way; and to remove, destroy, or otherwise dispose of any trees located beyond the limits of said right-of-way which in falling could come within five feet of any transmission line structure or conductor located thereon, the Tennessee Valley Authority to remain liable for any direct physical damage to the land and annual growing crops resulting directly from the operations of the construction and maintenance forces of its agents and employees in the erection and maintenance of or in exercising a right of ingress and egress to said transmission line structures, all upon, under, over, and across the following-described land:
TRACT NO. CGKY-13
A strip of land located in the First Civil District of Montgomery County, State of Tennessee, as shown on a map entitled “Clarksville-Hopkinsville/Montgomery Substation Loop Tap to St. Bethlehem and Union Carbide Tap to Guthrie, Ky, Substation, ” drawing LW-3504, sheet P3BCA, R.0, a reduced scale copy of which is attached to the Declaration of Taking filed herein, the said strip being 100 feet wide, lying 50 feet on each side of the centerline of the transmission line location, the centerline of the location and the end boundaries of the strip being more particularly described as follows:
Commencing at a R/W monument in the north right-of-way of State Highway 238, thence with the right-of-way of said highway S. 36° 15' 55" E, 134.58 feet to the corner of Knox B. Thomas, III, et ux. (Official Record Book Volume 1459, page 2094); thence with the said road right-of way N. 36° 18' 43" W., 0.48 feet to a point; thence N. 53° 00' 05" E, 511.43 feet to a point; thence N. 34° 06' 02" W., 164.27 feet to a point; thence N. 56° 57' 24" E, 5001 feet to a ...

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